The Railway Hotel, Fordingbridge; departing now on a journey back to 1890.

Originally opened in the 1860’s by Eldridge Pope, a Dorchester Brewer, it served Fordingbridge Railway Station, one of the stops on the newly built Salisbury and Dorset Railway. It had seven rooms to rent and a livery stable.

The line was closed in 1964, and the Railway Hotel became The Load of Hay for a time, then was named after a local artist, Augustus John.

It is now planned to restore the Railway Hotel to its original elegant form. It will have seven spacious and luxury en-suite rooms, around a magnificent courtyard in what were the livery stables.

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All aboard to the Railway Hotel

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